Rams aim to build on fairy-tale run

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 November, 2008, 12:00am

Winning two games on the trot is rarely considered a streak. But in the case of Manulife Causeway Bay Rams, it is - mainly because, before the last two Saturdays, they had not won a game in four years.

'We came up into the First Division four seasons ago and these two wins in the past two weeks have been our first taste of victory,' player-coach Semi Iafeta (pictured) said. 'The guys finally know what it means to win.'

Victories over InProjects Kowloon and DeA Tigers has given the Rams a new-found sense of self-belief as they lie third in the standings. They can hold their heads, or is it horns, up high as they head into a stiffer test today when they come up against the high-flying Tradition Valley at So Kon Po.

'We don't care who we play. Our expectations are not that high, our aim is to simply finish anywhere but at the bottom,' Iafeta (pictured) said.

The infusion of skills and know-how by a gang of four from New Zealand has sent a breath of fresh and rejuvenating air through the Rams. Joe Nabou, a prop with a penchant for scoring tries, No. 8 Richard Webb, teenage flyhalf Renata Sadlier and inside centre Keith Henderson have been the cause for the revival.

'These four have been the key to our winning. But the local boys have also stepped up their game. The tackling has been incredible, guys are throwing their bodies on the line,' Iafeta said.

They will have to do this, and more, against unbeaten Valley who are on a high after defeating arch-rivals for the First Division league title CBRE Hong Kong Football Club 22-13 last week.

Valley coach Brian Higgins is pleased with the way his team have begun the season, sweeping all before them in the run-up to the league. But he is not taking anything for granted.

'They [Rams] are the surprise package of the season and we will have to be on our guard,' Higgins said.